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Roberta Flack Killing me softly
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Added: 24th May 2008
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Posted By: roseanns1
Posted by: Naomi on 2008-05-25 
Did you know that Roberta Flack wasn't the original singer of this song?

'Killing Me Softly' was originally recorded by Lori Lieberman in 1971. After being mesmerized by one of Don American Pie) McLean's concerts at the Troubadour theater in Los Angeles, Lieberman described what she saw of his act to Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox, who were writing songs for her new album, and they wrote this song for her.

Roberta Flack later heard Lieberman's version on an in-flight tape recorder while flying from Los Angeles to New York. She loved the title and lyrics and decided to record it herself. During an interview, Flack said, 'I was flicking through the in-flight magazine to see if they'd done an article on me. After realizing they hadn't, I saw this picture of a little girl called Lori Lieberman. I'd never heard of her before so I read it with interest to see what she had that I didn't.'

Flack decided to record the song but felt it wasn't complete, so on arriving in New York she went into the studio and started experimenting. She changed the chord structure and ended the song with a major rather than minor chord.
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